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L'homme de sa vie (2006)
What happens when you try to be "arty"
The movie is visually stunning and all the actors did a good job, but it tries too hard to be artistic and it mostly fails.
The two main male characters have deep talks about life, love, family and their meaning, discussion which is constantly shown in flashbacks, repeating the last minute of the previous one, but they lack substance. It tries to be witty, and that it's pretty obvious, but it fails.
The relationship of them is never truly explained, also leaving the viewer with a confusing open ending - again, it tried not to be "in your face", to make you think, to discover things by yourself but it couldn't raise to the stakes raised by itself.
The director, Zabou Breitman wasn't at her first try in the movie industry; now, I don't know how her other films hold up, they don't have a page on Wikipedia, nor on RottenTomatoes and her directed films on IMDb don't have a rating yet (maybe all that means something too), even if released years ago, but if the others are the same, they aren't worthy.
On the bright side, it's cinematography is really great, it has some beautiful shot moments, she knows her way around the camera - too bad they don't integrate very well into the film.
Right before watching this film, I saw "The Innocents" (1961) and "The House on Telegraph Hill" (1951). If you want to feel chills, I recommend those movies, and suggest you ignore this release completely.
If you are a big movie fan and reached the point where you can tell who's going to die next and figure most of the mystery even before it begun (like it happened to me with "Devil"), this is clearly not the film for you.
It's really been a long time since I watched such a predictable movie which is too bad, because the idea sounds great and the acting was OK, nothing special, but pretty believable. Not just the scenes, but also the dialogue could be foreseen, having lots of clichéd lines.
I wasn't ever scared, not even for five seconds. I guess it's good as your first horror movie to watch ... ever.